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Foreign investment scrutiny in agriculture

May 2, 2015

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, warmly welcomed new measures announced by the Prime Minister and Treasurer today to improve transparency of foreign investment in Australian agriculture.

“We have heard the Australian people, fought for changes and now have delivered,” Minister Joyce said. Read More »

What a waste!

May 1, 2015
Steven Carruthers

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that roughly one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, about 1.3 billion tons per year, enough to feed 870 million undernourished people. This also means that huge amounts of the resources used to produce food are used in vain, and that greenhouse gas emissions caused by the production of food that gets lost or wasted, are also emissions in vain.

The waste occurs throughout the supply and distribution chain, from initial agricultural production through to perishable goods that spoil without ever leaving the supermarket and final household consumption. Read More »

What is the future for hydroponic fertilisers?

May 1, 2015
Rick Donnan

How are hydroponic fertilisers made and what reserves are there for their future availability?

Answer by Rick Donnan

Population predictions indicate that there will be a corresponding increase in the demand for food. In turn, because of a shrinking in good arable land, there will be an increasing demand for fertilisers to meet the food requirements. Read More »

Panama disease in Queensland here to stay

April 21, 2015

The National Management Group (NMG) for Panama disease Tropical Race 4 has announced that it is not technically feasible to eradicate the fungal pathogen in Queensland. The Australian Government is currently considering a support proposal from the banana industry, which will become part of considerations for the ongoing management of the disease. Read More »

Update on Hepatitis-A from imported berries

April 16, 2015
Photo2_Nannas mixed berries frozen

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, have moved to update Australians on the situation involving imported frozen berries and Hepatitis A after the latest media statement from Patties Foods.

“Patties Foods has issued a media release yesterday notifying the public that it intends to re-introduce Nannas and Creative Gourmet brand berries to the market place,” Minister Joyce said.

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Protected Cropping Australia biennial conference

April 7, 2015

The AIS Greenworks Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) biennial Conference and Trade Show will be held at Jupiters Convention Centre, Gold Coast, Queensland, from 5-8 July 2015. The event will be held in conjunction with the ISHS Symposium ‘ICESC2015: Hydroponics & Aquaponics. Read More »

International Blueberry Summit

April 7, 2015

The International Blueberry Organisation (IBO) will be hold its fifth annual event at the Novotel Pacific Bay Resort, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia,  from 7-9 September 2015. The seminar will bring together representatives from the world’s top producing countries with the objective of sharing information and analysis on the current state of the industry. Read More »